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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Exploring History: Dale’s Store
Niagara Home Bakery at 66 Queen St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Recognize this building? It has a long history of serving up delicious treats. It is the Niagara Home Bakery building at 66 Queen St. The red brick structure, shown here in 1900, was built by Walter Campbell and is reputed to have been the pioneer ice cream business in town. Here, the widow, Girvin (later Mrs. Swift) sold homemade cake and ice cream in the 1890s. Mrs. Dale carried on the business at the turn of the century. After the First World War, the store became a bakery and confectionary, operated in succession by Mel Slingerland, James MacPhee (who added a soda fountain) and the Albrechtsen family, who bought the business in 1935.

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